How to connect your car’s smarts to your smartphone, smartwatch, smart car and other devices, a new report says
By DAVID FERGUSONCBS News/APLEN GREENBERGCBS News (AP) A new report by the global semiconductor firm Irving, which specializes in the design and manufacture of advanced wireless technologies, says there are hundreds of thousands of such products on the market today, including a vast array of connected devices, such as smartphones, smartwatches and smart cars.
The report was released this week by Irving, a global leader in semiconductor design, engineering and manufacturing.
The company said it has over 200 products in its global design and engineering supply chain.
It says it will soon begin developing products to power cars and other connected devices.
The study, titled “The Future of the Internet of Things,” says that about half of the products sold today are connected devices and are capable of interacting with one another.
The other half are primarily connected devices that do not require a network connection to function.
“It’s becoming increasingly difficult for users to choose between the myriad connected devices available today,” said Paul Lehr, the company’s CEO.
“We expect to see more devices and services connected to the internet of things in the years ahead, which could transform the way people interact with the internet.”
Irving says about 100 million connected devices are in use worldwide.
It estimates that by 2020, roughly a quarter of all devices will have wireless connectivity.
Irving’s new report finds that the majority of these connected devices include smartwalls and smartwires, which can be connected to a vehicle’s infotainment system to control features and functions, as well as other connected applications.
“Smartwalls have the potential to revolutionize the way we manage, monitor and control devices and provide an ever-growing number of connected applications,” the report said.
“These connected devices will ultimately drive a more connected, interconnected world.”
The report also noted that, in the coming years, more and more connected devices could be used in cars, as more of us are turning to cars for convenience.
It said that many carmakers are moving away from their legacy infoten-systems that have relied on batteries and other power sources, and toward “connected” cars, including the Ford Focus Electric, Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles.
“There is no doubt that these new connected vehicles will be used for the first time in cars by the public and private sectors,” Lehr said.
“This means a growing number of cars will be connected in the near future.”
The researchers estimated that a car with a smartwall could provide up to 1,200 hours of battery life, which is equivalent to about half a year of driving time for a typical driver.
That is, an average car can travel about 20 miles per charge.
The researchers also found that many connected devices can also communicate with each other, and could have access to a range of features and capabilities.
This could help users and companies design and build more powerful vehicles, for example.
In addition to the car, the report found that connected devices have the capability to:Drive a car on a highway or on a parking lot or a shopping mall, or take a bus, train or other transportation service.
Take an Uber or Lyft ride, a service that has raised concerns about privacy and driver safety.
Send and receive texts or other types of communications from multiple devices.
Control a connected car or truck with voice commands.
Send a voice command to a connected phone.
Control an Uber driver or another connected vehicle with a voice request.
Control or turn on a connected vehicle using an app on a smartphone.
Control multiple connected vehicles from one location.
Connect a car to an Internet-connected smartphone and control the vehicle using voice commands, voice commands on the phone or voice commands in a mobile app.
Control the car from a mobile device using voice controls on the device or voice controls in an app.
The most significant of these devices is the smartphone, the researchers found.
A typical smartphone has an average of 7.5 hours of usable battery life.
But, as the report notes, “the average smartphone will only provide between 3 and 7 percent of the battery life required to maintain a charge on a full charge.”
Irven says it can make smartwares with the same performance as traditional car electronics and can also help to improve safety, reduce fuel consumption and improve driver safety by giving users more control over their car’s functions.
“We believe that with the advent of connected technologies, carmakers can better understand and understand their customers and their needs,” said Lehr.